Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy

Western University

General Information

Office responsible for graduate development programs:Multiple offices _ SGPS, Teaching Support Centre, Career Counselling (Student Success Centre); individual faculties and programs
Contact name:Lorraine Davies
Name of program:GRADPATH
Social media accounts related to program:
Who is responsible for updating information for websites?Mark Wolfe (SGPS Communications Officer) as well as individual units

Graduate Professional Development Programs

What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.) Numerous sessions exist throughout the year
Are there sessions specifically for international students?Yes
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?Yes
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?Collaboration and Interpersonal Communication, Teaching and Learning, Intercultural Fluency, Time Management and Personal Development, Career and Professional Development, Research and Academic Skills
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.)Graduate Students with most open to Postdoctoral Scholars
Are professional development programs mandatory for students to graduate; or are they part of a student-supervisor checklist?Some programs have included a professional development course or milestone as part of their degree requirements. Currently, there are no other required programs.
Does the program offer academic credit or formal recognition (badges, certificates, etc.) to participants?Yes, students can receive a Certificate when they complete the University Teaching and Learning Program
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.)All of the different places that offer professional development, deliver their sessions. Currently, GRADPATH is the program that offers the majority of the sessions, taking the lead on campus.
How are the sessions promoted?Emails, web pages
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company)Through a centralized session
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?No

Statistic Information

How many sessions run each year?NA
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions?NA
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)2013/14: 6258 registrants TSC: 3311 registrants spent an average of 7 hours on professional development Career Counselling: 2013-14: 730 appointments GradWrite: 2013-14: 2023 participants Weight lists exist for career counselling and writing programs
How is participation in sessions tracked? NA
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?NA

Departmental Level

Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?Yes.
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office?The TSC often provides advice and support to programs who are offering professional development programs as part of their offerings.

General Questions

Do you incorporate labor market information and outcomes into the development of specific components of graduate professional development programs? Yes
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?Yes
Is there any additional information you would like to share?We are in the progress of reviewing our professional development offerings, and considering how to redesign our program.